desirable weightJoe Segen2016-12-11T17:47:46+00:00
Definition The optimal weight of an individual for a particular height
Comment The term desirable weight was used in the 2nd edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans jointly issued every 5 years by the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services, as a replacement for the term ideal weight—which based on the Metropolitan Life Insurance tables and used in the 1st edition of the Guidelines.
The 3rd edition introduced the term healthy weight, which remains in active use. The 8th edition is entitled 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and is expected to remain current until the 2020-2025 9th edition